Study: Gays, Ethnic Minorities Hugely Overrepresented in UK Television

by Jack Montgomery
Feb. 28, 2020

A major survey of the British television industry has found that, contrary to popular belief among "woke" commentators, gay people and ethnic minorities are massively overrepresented.

The Creative Diversity Network (CDN) published its Diamond: The Third Cut report after surveying "over 30,000 diversity forms relating to over 600,000 TV production contributions".

The CDN found that "BAME [Black and Minority Ethnic] on-screen representation" is a remarkable 23 per cent — far above the BAME share of the British general population, estimated at 14 per cent.

Gay people also get far more on-screen roles than their proportional representation in broader British society would suggest, accounting for 10.7 per cent, 10.5 per cent, 13.1 per cent, an astonishing 18.1 per cent, and 7.6 per cent of on-screen contributions at the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, and Sky, respectively, despite making up just 6.4 per cent of the general population.

[...] Still, the foreword to the report suggests that there is in fact "more work to do" behind the scenes, lamenting that women and minorities "remain absent from many senior creative roles".

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